You stay classy, Obama.

I think, with the selection of Joe Biden as his running mate, Obama may have inherited foot-in-mouth disease. Here we have yet another example in Obama’s latest attack ad. It isn’t a very effective ad, but it sure is offensive:

OK, so the McSame crap is old and tired. We get it, Obama. Now illustrate how exactly it is that you are different and shiny and new… aside from having next to no experience at anything whatsoever. Give us some specifics that don’t include lofty rhetoric, soaring speeches, and 463 “uh’s”.

What’s below the belt is the e-mail and computer jab. Anyone know why McCain can’t use a computer and check his e-mail? Well, because of the beatings he received as a POW in Vietnam… you know, broken fingers and all. From The Boston Globe:

McCain gets emotional at the mention of military families needing food stamps or veterans lacking health care. The outrage comes from inside: McCain’s severe war injuries prevent him from combing his hair, typing on a keyboard, or tying his shoes. Friends marvel at McCain’s encyclopedic knowledge of sports. He’s an avid fan – Ted Williams is his hero – but he can’t raise his arm above his shoulder to throw a baseball.

After Vietnam, McCain had Ann Lawrence, a physical therapist, help him regain flexibility in his leg, which had been frozen in an extended position by a shattered knee. It was the only way he could hope to resume his career as a Navy flier, but Lawrence said the treatment, taken twice a week for six months, was excruciatingly painful.

“He endured it, he wouldn’t settle for less,” said Lawrence, who rejoiced with McCain when he passed the Navy physical. “I have never seen such toughness and resolve.”
Forbes has this too, although they show that just because McCain doesn’t use the computer personally, he isn’t exactly unfamiliar:

In certain ways, McCain was a natural Web candidate. Chairman of the Senate Telecommunications Subcommittee and regarded as the U.S. Senate’s savviest technologist, McCain is an inveterate devotee of email. His nightly ritual is to read his email together with his wife, Cindy. The injuries he incurred as a Vietnam POW make it painful for McCain to type. Instead, he dictates responses that his wife types on a laptop. “She’s a whiz on the keyboard, and I’m so laborious,” McCain admits.

This is where research would come in handy, Obama.

When Obama goes through something that’s even 1/10th as harrowing, debilitating, and painful, then he can start making jabs about McCain not being able to use a computer. Until then, he needs to keep his damn mouth shut on that department.

Why is it Obama attacked McCain on something like that, rather than his policies? Jonah Goldberg sums up the ridiculousness of this attack:

Oh one last point for now: Lord knows I think the chicken-hawk arguments are stupid. And I don’t think the fact that Obama never served in the military should count against him in and of itself. But how stupid is it for the Obama campaign to claim that McCain is unqualified to be president because he can’t grasp cyber-security issues based on the fact he has never sent an email when the McCain campaign can just as easily say Obama can’t understand first order national security issues because he’s never fired a rife, flown a plane, commanded men in battle, or faced an enemy? I mean which prepares someone to be commander in chief better, hitting “send” on AOL or fighting a war?

Excellent point.

Another thought: does Obama think he’s endearing himself to senior citizens with this one? I’m sure that many senior citizens would take offense with this ad, making fun of someone because they’re oooold, and for not being up-to-date with the newest technology. Hell, I’m offended. I’m still on Windows XP, and not entirely interested in upgrading to Vista, so does that mean I should quit blogging because I’m somehow “not qualified”? That’s how idiotic that statement against McCain is.

And does he think it helps with his elitist image? It only serves to make him look even more arrogant and condescending. All he needs to do now is point and laugh, followed by the taunt Loser!. It makes him look like an immature jerk, trying desperately to hold onto his “cool” image. This thing completely backfired in his face.

News flash: being hip and in with the newest fads does not qualify one to be President, Obama. And if you’re trying to show that McCain is so old and busted that he can’t even use that newfangled contraption called the world wide web, you might want to use it correctly yourself before you go around preaching yourself as the new hotness. There’s a thing called a search engine. Perhaps Obama’s team of crack attack-ad makers should try using one before they make their next one.

This whole episode reminds me of this scene from Men in Black 2. Fast forward to about 4:15 in. I think it sums it up pretty well.

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  • http://sondrak.com DoubleU

    Here is real class, notice how McCain and Obama place their flowers at the memorial.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JkLHCtSz_rM

  • http://albanymediabias.blogspot.com Falze

    Well, that was…interesting. McCain/Palin’s team stomps all over your birthday cake for 2 weeks and you come up with…an ad mocking your opponent for being, well, slightly older than your running mate. That’ll swing the polls. Especially in FL. “And did I mention…he’s old.” Somehow I don’t think this is what the Dems had in mind when they started calling on Obama to “fight back! for god’s sake, why don’t you fight back? he’s creaming you!”

  • Son Of The Godfather

    Wow, I didn’t know where else they could go.
    Have to hand it to them… Making fun of a disabled P.O.W. because he has difficulty typing on the keyboard is pretty effin’ ballsy.

    Let’s see how THIS one works for ‘em.

  • moseby

    This self liberal destruction is just hilarious. b hussien and his surrogates–charly gibson, the dried up slags on “the view”, et al, are all GOING DOWN IN FLAMES!!!

  • http://randomcommands.com Jon

    John McCain – Old Busted Hotness
    Sarah Palin – New Hotness

  • Master Shake

    Obamuhhh’s next ad will poke fun at McCain/Palin for being so worried about Russia. The Russians would never attack us – they only want to “get moose and squirrel.”

  • Dave
  • http://nomayo.mu.nu Stephen Macklin

    38 I downloaded the You Tube and converted it to a MOV and WMV.

    They are posted here:

    http://nomayo.mu.nu/barack_obama_-_idiot

  • http://mikesnoise.typepad.com Mike

    “Anyone know why McCain can’t use a computer and check his e-mail? Well, because of the beatings he received as a POW in Vietnam… you know, broken fingers and all.”

    Nonsense. McCain was well-treated by the North Vietnamese. Just ask Randi Rhodes. Obviously she knows even more about McCain’s treatment than McCain himself does.

  • http://www.dabubbler.com StevefromMKE

    Did Howard Dean vet Barack Obama?

  • Son Of The Godfather

    Dave, you’re a male and you watch “The View”???

    Uhm… ok. Not that there’s anything wrong with that…

  • Dave

    Son of Godfather,

    Thats funny, will give you credit for a sense of humor. I read about it then went online to watch.

  • Son Of The Godfather

    I saw cuts from it… where Whoopie was concerned she’d be a slave again (I think the meme last election was that we were going to bring back the draft… maybe this one’ll work better).

    I also saw where that cackling ogre Joy something attempted to speak for “everyone” stating “everyone knows he [Obama] wasn’t referring to Sarah as a pig… That’s a lie!” and McCain smacked her right in the puss with his answer.

  • http://opiningonline.com Donna B.

    My father is 85, and a 100% disabled WWII vet. We got him a computer and internet access mainly so we could use it at his house. I explained that a wireless router was the best way to keep his grandchildren around a few days longer.

    He was all for it. We set it up where he could check his email with one click. That’s what he wanted most — to see the photos and other stuff we were sharing with each other.

    He never responded to email, because his arthritic hands couldn’t handle the keyboard. He thoroughly enjoyed visitors who would look things up on the web for him.

    My dad is very savvy about the internet. He’s better than almost anyone I know when it comes to defining search terms, he just can’t type them in himself.

    Would I call him internet savvy? You betcha! I think John McCain is a lot like him, though lacking 13 years in life experience.

    You want a guy who can type and send an email, or a guy who can define the information he needs?

    It’s not like we need a president who reads blogs all day long…

  • http://www.daveinboca.blogspot.com daveinboca

    Biden is a very weak choice & Sarah got into Obama’s melon with that remark about his regretting not having asked HRC onto the ticket. He is very thin-skinned [as his repeated mentions of Hannity reveal] and if she bugs him enuf, he may start to implode by attacking her some more instead of using nasty surrogates [which itself is beginning to boost McCain/Palin's polls].

    If John-boy keeps young Sarah at his side in Sept & early Oct, she will get those big crowds that make the old dude look young & keep him feeling like a spring chicken. He deserves it for taking crap on not using e-mail when his arms prevent him from using a keyboard—torture does cause horrible arthritic aftermaths. Sacrifice is a word outside the Dem lexicon. Their favorite trope is a Govt. ATM taking from the wealthiest Americans & redistributing to their shiftless clientele. Charlie Rangel is their point man on this hidden agenda.

    Not that a callow fruitcake like Obama [who skipped his own mother's deathbed because of "scheduling conflicts"] deserves any special treatment. He throws people under the bus with alarming regularity & it would be poetic justice to see him end up under bus tires himself for his insensitive e-mail attacks.

  • Evad

    Dave:

    So let me get this straight. Making fun of a man over the injuries from when he was tortured is okay if he distorted your legislative record?

    Hey, maybe some day you’ll not only know what chutzpah means, but how to spell it.

  • http://f1rage.getshifter.com/ marc

    Dave – “You got real chutzpa to attack Obama’s ad. Especially after McCain perverting the facts on Obama’s education plan.”

    Yeah, that’s the ticket, one side screws up and from that point on they can’t comment on the others ads/remarks!

    Can we get ObamaMessiah to draft legislation for that Dave? If I’m not mistaken it would be a first for him, all the rest with his name is coat-tailed via sponsorship of someone else’s work.

    P.S Dave… you’re an asswipe.

  • sanssoucy

    There was a time when I was interested in Obambi; now I just want him to disappear back down whatever rat-hole he crawled out of.

  • Ryan

    And I DARE you to say, even a little bit, that Obama hasn’t distorted, and distorted almost beyond recognition, both McCain and Palin’s records and, thye media being the Democrat red-light district they are, not been calling them on it?

  • Darby

    Regarding that first comment and the link to YouTube.

    What struck me more then how they placed the rose, is how difficult it seemed for McCain to bend over and place the rose on the memorial.

    He starts, then stops suddenly, readjusts his stance to balance himself and then puts the rose down.

    That more then anything is quite telling to the Five Star Spa treatment that he received at the Hilton.

    I have grandparents older then him that move more easily. That’s with Advanced Spinal Arthritis!

  • http://oyster.journalspace.com Oyster

    Master Shake: thanx for my first chuckle of the morning :)

    Dave, you’re right that McCain’s ad was off-base. But chutzpa is a harsh term to use unless you’re willing to admit that Obama’s ad is patently false. Do that and I will personally call it a draw.

    What I would have rather seen is McCain zero in on Obama’s co-sponsoring of a bill that gives in-state college tuition rates to non-U.S. citizens (and what of real US citizens?) and his co-sponsoring of a bill that required the Chicago Board of Education to partner with the Chicago Teachers Union. (The CTU has been rife with corruption for longer than any of us know.)

    And you know where I got the information about what Obama did indeed sponsor? From your link. Thanx :)

  • http://albanymediabias.blogspot.com Falze

    Yeah, ya gotta love FactCheck. Unless, of course, you’re interested in honest fact checking. Then you should probably stay the hell away from FactCheck. Where else can you read about how “false” republican ads are where they repeatedly talk about how true the ads are and then read lengthly explanations for how the democrat ‘didn’t really mean it’ or ‘but the republican fails to also bash themselves on a similar topic!’ or ‘but the ad NEVER MENTIONS that the democrat is also a lover of cute and fuzzy kittens!’ FactCheck has become a pathetic partisan mechanism. There’s way too much ‘while it is true that the candidate said that they really meant the exact opposite and also love petting fluffy bunnies’.

  • sierra

    First I heard the Obama campaign’s announcement that they were about to start getting tough, and I laughed. Either you do or you don’t, guys, but don’t put your panic on display. Then I saw the ad saying McCain doesn’t use e-mail, and I laughed again. I mean, of all the insubstantial crap. Is this the best they can do? And why is McCain the only one supposed to be engaging in “cultural warfare” by tapping Palin? So when I finally learned about the background, I laughed and laughed and laughed. Never mind googling around a bit before the ad went up. Your opposition research guys should have known everything there is to know about McCain months ago.

  • Neo

    “So, when American workers hear John McCain talking about putting ‘Country First,’” Obama said, “it’s fair to ask — which country?”

    Breathless coming from “The One”

  • northwynd

    Two Thoughts: Elderly voters and Veterans
    I have older relatives and friends that don’t use a computer, and they are not diminished in any way by not being on a computer.
    How do they feel being dissed by Obama for not emailing or being at the computer? I hope it helps them see how shallow and below the belt he is. This disrespect to older people was ill advised and disgusting, but O approved of it.
    Also how will veterans feel about this last slam by Obama on one of their wounded men?
    This last attack by Obama was so low class, it made me feel ill.

  • Sloan

    “Obamuhhh’s next ad will poke fun at McCain/Palin for being so worried about Russia. The Russians would never attack us – they only want to “get moose and squirrel.”

    ZOMG Master Shake!!! ROFLMAO!! Best comment I’ve seen in a long time!

    I just keep hearing Boris Badenov’s voice in my head, saying that, and I can’t stop laughing.

  • Dave

    A lot of handicapped people use computers all the time. That is no excuse for never having been on the internet. For instance Christopher Reeve’s injuries were far worse then McCains and he knew how to use the internet.

  • JP

    Right on the money. Look at the oh-so-compassionate Dems and their idiotic, insensitive remarks: (1) Women who have had children, and are thus a bit overweight, are “pigs in lipstick”, REEEEL nice, Obama, you classless idiot, (2) Biden tells a parapelegic in a wheelchair to “stand up”, then says, “God, what am I thinking??!”, yes, Joe, what are you thinking? DO you think? Is it really that hard? Above your paygrade, no doubt? When the square wheels in Senator Joe’s thick good ol’ boy head start turning, watch out. The result is always a great, noisy clanking sound—a train wreck comes to mind. (3) Pretty boy Obama, with nary a single day of military service, insults McCain because he can’t type, the tragic result of his fingers being broken repeatedly at the Hanoi Hilton. Obama stupidly and callously promotes his ability to use his own untested, well-manicured fingers to type letters of l-o-o-o-o-ve to bigot Reverend Wright as somehow being a superior achievement to surviving Hanoi. Holy Schnikes. Get a life, pretty boy.
    To paraphrase Napoleon’s retort to fancy-pants Talleyrand, I would say this to fancy-pants Obama in no uncertain terms: You, sir, are insensitive shit in a silk stocking. You will lose by 20 points in November. If Hillary has a fair-minded brain in her strategic head, she will back McCain-Palin two weeks before the election, and—poof—no more Obama, ever. Good riddance. He and Biden will soon be boarding that one-way, hog-hauling freighter to China, known to Gore, Kerry, and Mikhail Dukakis as the “U.S.S. LOOO-SAH“.

  • George

    Scott Ott of ScrappleFace provides the follow up video.

  • Kapow

    Ummm…. John McCain can’t type because of his war injuries – really?

    Is that true, or based on a single line from an eight year-old, fluff article… the Boston – ZOMG!!! Teh Lie-beral press!!!1! – Globe?

    I think it might be preeeety important to confirm something like this before you all go bat-shit over it – oops too late I guess…

    From what I can find, things are a little confused. First we have this quote, straight from the horse’s mouth:

    “I am learning to get online myself, and I will have that down fairly soon, getting on myself,” McCain told the New York Times in an interview that appeared Sunday. “I don’t expect to be a great communicator, I don’t expect to set up my own blog, but I am becoming computer literate to the point where I can get the information that I need.”

    Even so, McCain bluntly admits, “I don’t e-mail. I’ve never felt the particular need to e-mail.”

    But then there’s this from McCain spokesman Rick Davis:

    BRZEZINSKI: Does John McCain, does he use the internet? Does he use email?

    GEIST: Come on.

    BRZEZINSKI: I just want to know.

    DAVIS: He actually is, he always is grabbing people’s Blackberrys on the bus. In fact, no reporter’s Blackberry is safe from his prying eyes. He loves to tool around on the internet, he especially loves the videos that get produced that usually poke fun at him. I think that’s his most entertaining part of the internet.

    BRZEZINSKI: I’ve been known to call his Blackberry, begging for interviews. So I think any reports out there that says that he is not completely Internet connected are not accurate. But I have read them.

    So which is it? Is McCain so crippled that he can’t use the internet (or a phone and a PDA at once?), or is he really internet/phone savvy? Sounds like even the McCain team is confused on this one…

  • JP

    The planted axiom that a guy who doesn’t have, or use, a computer is not qualified for president would of course exclude the likes of Lincoln, Teddy Roosevelt, Tom Jefferson, and of course, FDR. How come these guys could be hugely efective presidents without the aid of computers and the internet? (yes, they probably would have owned one if they were available, but that is not the point: they did NOT need them to be effective, THAT is the point) How come the American people did not need 24/7 CNN news, nor the internet, to choose the best candidate in the pre-computer, pre-CNN era? One should no more judge the worthiness of a candidate by whether or not they use a computer, then whether or not they watch Saturday Night Live or Howdy Doody (no doubt a favorite of Biden and his laughable ilk). Fact is, the gathering of information and data is probably more effectively done by ANY candidate by delegating such trivial tasks to subordinates, and then perusing the results of such research. Any CEO/leader would recognize that in a heartbeat. Yes, computers can be helpful. NO, it is NOT a necessity to know how to use one to be an effective leader of any sort. The Obama ad presents yet another typical Obama non-sequitur, i.e., “Obama uses a computer, THEREFORE he is the more qualified”. Get real. When will Obama actually talk about the issues, i.e., his socialist stance on everything under the sun, instead of meanly attacking McCain’s broken fingers, Palin’s childbirth, the pregnancy of her 17 year old daughter, and the disability of her Down’s Syndrome child? What sort of mean-spiritied meathead is coming up with these sadistic ideas for Obama? We might guess Obama himself is no small part of the problem, and that is what should concern the people of this country.

  • twolaneflash

    Obama and his Vanguard Party repeatedly lash out at McCain and Palin, and while they seldom lay much glove on the Republican ticket, they seem to floor a bunch of American voters who may have been undecided. Classic case of narcisstic rage resulting in self-destruction. And where are “Average” Joe & the bitter One, Michelle O? Gagged in the back room I’m thinkin’. Truth at light speed. What a God!

  • Sam

    Any truth to the rumor Barack had his ears surgically enlarged after reading “The Adventures of Dumbo”? Seriously, this guy has more flight potential than Sally Field—GO GET ‘IM, IKE.
    depp=true
    notiz=I suspect this guy is just jealous.

  • sierra

    Kapow: I sincerely applaud your efforts to make a controversy out of the issue of just how disabled John McCain is as a result of being a prisoner for five years in Hanoi. Maybe McCain will send you a thank-you note early next year.

  • http://oyster.journalspace.com Oyster

    Well I see Dave is only interested in pointing out what is false on one side.

    And rather than take the high road, the honest approach, and admit that the Obama ad was completely dishonest, as I gently challenged him to do, he instead repeats the same old false accusation.

    As far as max, goes – he’s not even worth responding to. And from this point on, neither is Dave.

  • Dave

    Well I see Dave is only interested in pointing out what is false on one side.

    And rather than take the high road, the honest approach, and admit that the Obama ad was completely dishonest, as I gently challenged him to do, he instead repeats the same old false accusation.

    As far as max, goes – he’s not even worth responding to. And from this point on, neither is Dave.

    I don’t buy that McCain is too criple to be able to learn how to use the internet.

    For instance I’ve read a number of times that McCain can’t raise his arms above his shoulders. I can easily prove that one to be false. Just do a google image search and you will find dozens of images that prove otherwise:

    http://images.google.com/images?hl=en&q=McCain&gbv=2

  • Dave

    Oyster,

    Read post #31. Kapow is correct. McCain is now saying he is learning to use the internet.

    But how can this be possible?

    Did his doctor give him a new miracle drug that’s now giving him use of his hands?

    And what about using a Blackberry. How can McCain be able to use a Blackberry and not a computer?

    What is really sickening is that there are soldiers coming back from Iraq that really can not use their hands due to war injuries. To falsely claim a war injury is preventing someone from doing something is disgusting.

    So Oyster, based on this new evidence will you be admitting you are wrong?

  • Dave

    P.S.

    Even so, McCain bluntly admits, “I don’t e-mail. I’ve never felt the particular need to e-mail.”

    Kapow also dug up the above quote giving the true reason for not learning how to use email.

    There was recently an article on Wizbang criticizing the DailyKos for not printing retractions when they get a story wrong.

    If WizBang does not pring a retraction then they are no better than the DailyKos.

  • http://oyster.journalspace.com Oyster

    Dave, one more time:

    I’m going to spell this out very clearly.

    The ad is brand new and unequivocally says he “…admits he doesn’t know how to use a computer. Can’t send an email.”

    Is that true or false?

    “McCain does not know how to use a computer has never been on the internet.”

    Is that true or false?

  • Dave

    Anyone know why McCain can’t use a computer and check his e-mail? Well, because of the beatings he received as a POW in Vietnam… you know, broken fingers and all.

    Casey,

    The following quote(see post #31) disproves your statement and the premise of this article. McCain does not use e-mail because he has “never felt the particular need to e-mail.” This is your chance to prove that Wizband is different from the DailyKos and print a correction.

    Even so, McCain bluntly admits, “I don’t e-mail. I’ve never felt the particular need to e-mail.”

  • http://wizbangblog.com/ Kevin

    See the quote from the Forbes article in my post. Perhaps McCain is just jerking around reporters? He clearly knows what e-mail is (and has since the late 90′s) and how to use it. The Forbes article show how he worked it (with Cindy typing), so perhaps he can work a mouse but not a keyboard very well. There’s a difference between reading and responding to e-mail. My guess it that he does a lot more reading than responding.

  • http://f1rage.getshifter.com/ marc

    dave doth quote McCain: “Even so, McCain bluntly admits, “I don’t e-mail. I’ve never felt the particular need to e-mail.”

    Of course to your delusional and feeble mind it couldn’t possibly mean his war related injuries have zero to do with his attitude as you quote.

    Question dave… why is the ability to email so important in a presidential candidate?

    Furthermore, and just to check your consistency on this issue:

    Did you hold bill clinton to this same standard?

    ‘Cause if you did you’ve just made a fool of yourself.

    Clinton’s gift to Internet age: only 2 e-mails

    The archives of the Bill Clinton presidential library will contain 39,999,998 e-mails by the former president’s staff and two by the man himself. “The only two he sent,” Skip Rutherford, president of the Clinton Presidential Foundation, which is raising money for the library, said on Monday.

    And dave, don’t look now but one of those two may not count. They were “a test to see if the commander in chief knew how to push the button on an e-mail.”

    So, tell me dave, wizbang’s resident A-Hole, where do you stand on this issue now?

  • The Listkeeper

    I think this may be a very effective move for Obama. It highlights the problems that allowing a Disable American Veteran could pose if he were elected. And as we all knowit’s always a good idea to go after the Disabled American Veteran over something that’s basically caused by that same Disabled American Veteran’s disability. Doing so is VERY POPULAR with the American people.

  • Rik

    We all need to know much more about Obama’s shady connections to creeps like Rezko, and terrorist Bill Ayers. Maybe when the 2,597 reporters who have gone to Alaska to exhume, fondle, examine, and (at long last) proudly present the “real deal” from the dirty laundry in Baby Palin’s used pamper bin, they can motate their self-righteous butts over to Chicago and get down to the more important business of inspecting and exposing the lice ridden panties in Obama’s odious backroom.

  • maggie

    Dave needs to get a life.
    Our linemen needs some strong backs in Houston,
    he can come down here and be a water boy.
    Keep it up Dave, and you’ll be on a very
    short list.

    Wet from the hurricane, but not wet behind the
    ears.

    Maggie

  • http://oyster.journalspace.com Oyster

    I’ve given Dave time to respond to my true or false questions. Plenty of time.

    The first quote was from the ad. False.

    The second quote was from Dave himself. Also false.

    I’m with Kevin on his assumption that McCain is jerking reporters around. The man has a clear record of not suffering fools.

  • moseby

    I think it is time for “dave” to get back to dismantling the HAL-9000…

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